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Dee, Kiki - 1977 Kiki Dee

ARTIST: Dee, Kiki
ALBUM: Kiki Dee
LABEL: Rocket Records
SERIAL: 2257
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, EMI UK, remastered + 3 bonus tracks


LINEUP: Kiki Dee - lead vocals * Bias Boshell - keyboards * Richard Tandy - synthesizer * Davey Johnstone, Andy Dalby - guitar * Dee Murray, Phil Curtis - bass * Melvyn Gale, Hugh McDowell - cello * Steve Holly - drums * David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Richard Brecker - horns * Louis Clark - string arrangements * Sunny Leslie, R & J Stone - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 How Much Fun * 02 Sweet Creation * 03 Into Eternity * 04 Standing Room Only * 05 Bad Day Child * 06 Chicago * 07 Night Hours * 08 Keep Right On * 09 In Return * 10 Walking * 11 First Thing In The Morning


For many, 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' Kiki Dee's 1976 love it or hate it duet with Elton John was a sure sign that 'Captain Fantastic' was sliding down a musical crap mountain from which some believe he never returned. For Kiki the smash single put her on the musical map and gave her the confidence she needed to finally go it alone. Parting ways with the Kiki Dee Band who played behind her previous hit single 'I've Got The Music In Me', Dee teamed up with Elton and long time cohort Clive Franks both sharing production chores. With a little help from her friends Kiki offered up a stellar album and quite possibly her best.

The Songs
The Robert Palmer penned 'How Much Fun' originally appearing on his classic 'Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley' release opens the album on a high note. Featuring Richard Tandy and Louis Clark, both Electric Light Orchestra alumni, naturally a strong influence from both these guys permeates the upbeat pop song. ELO cellist's Melvin Gayle and Hugh McDowell add their classic strings on the brooding 'Into Eternity' which ends up becoming one of the albums better tunes, but it's on the ballads 'Sweet Creation' and 'Bad Day Child' where Dee's star really shines. Her voice is at both times fragile and quite powerful, but she never overdoes it, giving just the right amount of empathy when and where it's needed. The best is saved for last with the record's only single 'First Thing In The Morning' and it's a doozie with a catchy gospel-like hook and creative Sergeant Pepper-like orchestration again from the master Louis Clark. Should have been a number one, but..

In Summary
Kiki Dee never became a major star as hoped although the follow up 'Stay With Me' and 1982's 'Perfect Timing' are worth investigation for GD readers and both EMI and Edsel have taken it upon themselves to reissue the Kiki Dee catalog so exploring her work, including the record above should be pretty much hassle free.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on August 31 2008 22:28:54
I've got this on album now I'm going to have to dig it out and give it a whirl! Does anybody remember that Heart did a live cover version of 'I got the music in me'?
#2 | Explorer on June 16 2015 12:45:29
A little known fact is that Kiki Dee made history in 1970 as the first white British artist signed to Tamla Motown.Kiki possesses a voice that is more than a match for the likes of Dusty Springfield et al, but she just never seemed to get the right breaks.
#3 | gdazegod on June 17 2015 01:32:41
She didn't have to paint her face black did she? lol!
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